Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dumb and Dumber

Movie Name: Dumb and Dumber
Year of Release: 1994
Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket, Victoria Rowell, Joe Baker, Teri Garr, Brady Bluhm, Felton Perry
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

"Dumb and Dumber" premiered in December of 1994, to an astounding success, further cementing the career of Jim Carrey, and initiating the successful directorial career of the Farrelly siblings. The film follows the adventures of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two long time friends, not particularly smart, who leave their home in Rhode Island and head off to Aspen, in order to return a briefcase to a former client of Lloyd's. During their road trip both friends get tangled up in a series of adventures and when they finally reach their destination, they find out that the briefcase is filled with money, and that Lloyd's client is trying to actually save her husband who has been kidnapped. Their intervention in the whole situation, makes things all the more interesting.
"Dumb and Dumber" was Peter and Bobby Farrelly's debut feature, and benefited from an hilarious script and the incredible rapport between the lead actors, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The film starts with the premise of a simple mix up, one that hinges on a briefcase that is left behind, and the protagonists who go on a road trip to return it. The film manages to place both lead actors in an array of situations that are simultaneously surreal, but also very hilarious (and some borderline vulgar, as has become the trademark for the Farrelly brothers). The directors films have since then followed this trademark, particularly with the hugely successful "There's Something About Mary" - films populated by every day people, involved in surreal and extreme situations that bring out the hilarity of the whole scenario. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are both fantastic in their roles, exhibiting a natural flair for physical comedy and both excelling at it. A very funny comedy always worth watching!